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Make Money. Make a Difference.

Social entrepreneurship’s quick growth as a management discipline has led to increasing recognition at the national and international levels. The University of Illinois at Chicago and the Social Enterprise Alliance (SEA) - Chicago, the largest satellite of the national organization, have developed the UIC-SEA Social Enterprise Certificate (SECert) program focused on equipping non-profits and entrepreneurs with the knowledge to build effective social enterprises. Social enterprises marry the social mission of a non-profit with the market-driven approach of a for-profit business, ultimately improving the quality of life, providing greater opportunity for larger communities of people and creating sustainable impact for years to come.

First understanding the unique drivers of today’s successful socially-responsible enterprises, students will dive into the specifics of solving real-time social enterprise problems for participating non-profit organizations. In this process, participants will have an opportunity to work with UIC business students on issues including social business design and structure, operating models, financial platforms, the attraction of donors and investors, the personal leadership required to execute operations, marketing and communications and measuring performance and impact of evidence-based metrics. Students who complete this 16-week program will earn the UIC-SEA Social Enterprise Certificate and become leaders in the global movement towards a sustainable economy, environment and direct change in people's lives.

Please note: The Social Enterprise program is non-credit.  Although you will earn the UIC-SEA Social Enterprise Certificate, no credit hours be awarded towards the completion of a degree program.

Typically, this program is offered in the spring semester; however, this program will not be offered in Spring 2024.  Details about future opportunities will be forthcoming.

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Dates: TBA

Day and Time: Wednesdays, 6-8:30 pm Central Time

Location: Online, Interactive Zoom Sessions

Fee: $500

Student Profile: New, Aspiring and Experienced Non-Profit Leaders, Career Changers, Social Entrepreneurs

An update about Spring 2025 will be available in Fall 2024.

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  • Social Entrepreneurship - How Do I Start?
  • Identifying Underutilized Assets and Competencies of a Non-Profit for Leveraging Social Entrepreneurship
  • Start-Up Needs and Research Required (featuring Market Research and Partner Assessment Strategy)
  • Social Enterprise Design and Structure (featuring Legal Forms of Organizing, such as B-Corps and L3Cs)
  • Unique Business and Operating Models for Social Impact
  • Donor Attraction, Investment Strategies and Financial Management of Strategies in Impact Organizations
  • Personal Leadership in the Face of Managing Volunteers, Executives and Operating Staff
  • Communication, Marketing and Social Media
  • Social Entrepreneurship Performance and Sustainability as Evidence Metrics 
  • Presenting to a Business or Board of Directors and Attracting Donors and Investors - Pitch Deck for a Social Enterprise
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    *Additional instructors and speakers for the program include social enterprise leaders from across the country.

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    UIC Extended Campus refund and withdrawal policy for UIC-SEA Social Enterprise Certificate program.